All about Imari

For a while now we have been collecting antique English plates to sell on Bleak House. Because everything we sell is tried and tested, we have been experimenting at home with different sizes, materials, makers, shapes and patterns. We fairly quickly honed in on imitation Imari plates as being the ones we wanted to sell. 

Imari is a port in Japan from where huge quantities of ceramics from Arita were exported in the 17th century to try to keep up with the seemingly insatiable appetite of Europeans for Japanese ceramics. It wasn’t long before the English potteries started imitating the distinctive cobalt blue, red and gold designs for the domestic market and these plates are the ones we have fallen in love with.

Antique Imari Plates

Royal Crown Derby 2451

These plates have been in production since 1880 and are still manufactured today, but retail prices of £100 upwards they are much better value as antiques and there is something so lovely about holding a hundred year old plate in your hand and marvelling at its tenacity.

We like the small plates the best as they sit just on the right side of bling. They are impossibly lovely as cake plates and work very well mixed with our rustic John Leach bowls and neutral Mud Australia porcelain.

Antique Imari Plate

George L. Ashworth & Bros. 7499

George L. Ashworth & Bros manufactured 7499 Imari plates from the 1860s. We really love the rustic, dependable and solid design of these ironstone plates.

They are definitely plates to be used everyday (but absolutely not to be put in the dishwasher) and will add a splash of colour and history to your dinner table. We like the dinner plates in these the most - the ironstone is so solidly reassuring. These plates look incredible with rustic food such as a pie or a ploughman's lunch. 

All of the plates we sell are one-offs in excellent condition and are antiques. They are extremely hard to get hold of and we suggest signing up to be the first to be notified when we have new stock. We verify all the factory back stamps and information to the best of our abilities. 

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